Defensemen Trade Possibilities in the Future for the Carolina Hurricanes?
For now the Carolina Hurricanes are at the top of the South East Division and are placed third in the Eastern conference. The team’s captain Eric Staal centers one of the best lines in the NHL with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty. Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal provide even more offensive power for the top six. While their offense looks better than many, the team’s defense could use some work, and there are multiple teams in the NHL that are selling defensemen and the Canes should take notice.
Jim Rutherford has shown in the past that he is not afraid to make a big move. The veteran GM may be interested in acquiring Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle. There have been many rumors the team is willing to trade Yandle for the right price. Yandle is a proven top four defenseman who is very skilled offensively and would be on the team for more than just the rest of the season. His skills could help the Canes struggling power play that is currently ranked 29th in the NHL. The price for Yandle would be expensive though. The Hurricanes would probably have to give up one of their top four defensemen, a prospect and possibly a draft pick.
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr has also been rumored to be on the trade block. The rugged defenseman may be a great fit for the Canes who need another stay at home defenseman besides Tim Gleason. Regehr could also help the team’s penalty kill that has also come up short this season. The asking price for Regehr will not be near as high as Yandle, and the Canes may be able to grab him for a pick or prospect.
Former Hurricanes defenseman Ian White also may look appealing to Rutherford. White has struggled to remain in the Detroit Red Wings‘ lineup this season although his play last year was very impressive. White can hold his own in the defensive zone and also contribute somewhat offensively. There have been few rumors the Red Wings are looking to trade White, but what good is he on the bench? If Detroit is in the bottom eight of the Western Conference at the deadline, they may be willing to ship out White for a decent price.